Dr. Velasco and his team are the Houston dental implant specialists. Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is committed to providing the highest quality in prosthetic dental solutions. Below you’ll find information about dental implants and our unique process.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a cylindrical post constructed of titanium or titanium alloys. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone in order to replace the root of a tooth. Once implanted, the implants fuse to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. Just as a natural root secures a tooth in the jawbone, implants function to secure a crown, bridge, or denture.
Advantages of Houston Dental Implant
For many years, the only available solutions to missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Today, implants are the best treatment option because of the unique advantages that they offer.
- Just as durable as natural teeth and can last a lifetime
- Look, function, and feel just like natural teeth
- Preserves jawbone and facial structure
- Highest success rate of any implanted surgical device
- More comfortable and secure than other teeth replacement options
Complications Associated with Dental Implants
While dental implants have proven to be highly successful, there are a few uncommon complications that can occur.
- In extraordinarily rare cases, an implant may be rejected because of an allergic reaction to titanium.
- A dental implant may not fuse properly to the bone or become infected. After the site heals, another implant will be placed and integrate with the bone normally.
- Those with significant bone deterioration may have to undergo bone grafting surgery before an implant can be placed.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process can be separated into three phases.
1. Planning & Diagnostics
The first step in any dental implant procedure is the planning phase. We will schedule a consultation in order to assess your current condition and advise you on the best treatment option. Diagnostic imaging, which produces a 3D image of the jawbone, provides us with vital information about your anatomical structures and allows us to carefully plan the surgery.
In the next step, our dentist will perform surgery. Tooth extraction, if needed, and implant insertion can be completed in the space of a single surgery. A temporary prosthesis (replacement teeth) will be attached to the implant until healing and osseointegration have taken place.
3. Permanent Teeth
As the healing process takes place, your permanent teeth will be fabricated by our on-site laboratory technicians. The final prosthesis is made of stronger materials that can last a lifetime and will fit your gum tissue more precisely.
Houston Dental Implant Procedures
Generally, there are three types of dental implant procedures.
1. Single Tooth Replacement
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth. Depending on the case, an abutment can be attached to the implant either immediately or after a period of healing. An abutment is a device that joins the implant to a crown, the tooth-like structure that resembles a natural tooth.
2. Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement
Implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Typically, this is achieved through an implant-supported bridge, a row of artificial teeth. Traditional bridges are supported by placing crowns on neighboring teeth or a metal framework with “wings” on each side. Implant-supported bridges are attached directly to an implant just as with single tooth replacement and do not place any additional stress on neighboring teeth.
3. Full Arch Teeth Replacement
If you are missing all of your teeth, dental implants can be used to replace a full arch (upper or lower jaw). In the procedure, a permanent or removable denture is secured to 4-6 implants (per jaw) via the abutments. The most well-known and effective full arch teeth replacement option is the All-on-4 Teeth-in-a-Day procedure.
If you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, the Houston dental implant specialists at Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentist are ready to help you get back your smile today.